Acute care across the lifespan B

Use the Clinical Reasoning Cycle on page 2 of this booklet to review the case study and answer

the questions below in relation to the care of Mrs Kennedy.

1. Provide an introduction2. Analyse the changes in Mrs Kennedy’s clinical presentation and link these to the

pathophysiological processes, which are occurring. You will need to explain what could

be causing the changes in her signs and symptoms3. Discuss and critically analyse the priorities of care that you have included as part of your

nursing care. You will need to consider the changes in her condition, giving rationales for

the priorities of care and specifically the management of her chest discomfort (approx.

800 words).

This question is asking you to consider the most important problems that Carole is

having currently- remember ABC and look at her condition and presentations.

4. Briefly discuss the psychosocial issues relating to Mrs Kennedy’s current stage of disease

and her life situation (approx. 200 words).

This question requires you to look at the psychological factors and her surrounding social

environment that could have on her physical and mental wellness. There are a number of

issues that could be addressed however; you are not required to discuss all of them. You

can choose one or two to discuss.

5. Provide a conclusion (approx. 150 words).

The conclusion brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final

perspective on your topic. Simply review the main points (being careful not to restate

them exactly)